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  1. 1. NAVY INSIDER U S N AV Y   IN F FO E O R M AT FIC IMAGERY OF IO N For members of the PA/VI community May - June 2012 NI L NISI VERUM University Program Provides Navy Storytellers Elite SkillsPhoto by MC1 (SW/AW) Andrew Meyers 703.614.9154 AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD Full story on page 8
  2. 2. DIRECTOR’S CORNER As much as we would all like to believe that traditional Navy messages reach the masses effi- ciently, I am going to take a chance that many of you are unaware or have never read COMUSFLTFORCOM R 271025Z MAR 12, Subject: NAVY WIDE OPTASK VISUAL INFORMATION (VI). The message serves to tell the fleet that VI is an asset that “enhances the combatant commander’s (CCDR) communication strategy to achieve opera- tional effects …” There you have it folks, official language from big Navy to help support your need for sufficient bandwidth allocation, along with the equipmentWhat does social media and training to ensure the operational effective- ness of fleet operations, through VI. CCDRs should view VI as a tactical operational requirement.have to do with Syracuse? I have been doing this a number of years and never has a message been clearer as to the importance of our mission to tell the Navy’s story visually. For Seems like an easy question, except some people in our community a copy of this OPTASK go to miss an important aspect of social media… a good visual story is a good mil and download a copy from the policy & guide- visual story. Wait… stop the presses… lines link. When you break it down, the goal of the Syracuse program is to fur- This edition is dedicated to the now exclusively ther develop our storytelling capabilities and teach us to better tell the Navy advanced photojournalism and videogra- Navy story. Great stories resonate as well on social media networks as pher training opportunities at Syracuse University. DOD cut this program citing it as an “efficiency.” they do on “traditional” platforms. And, just as important, you need that However, CHINFO places an extremely high value kind of imagery for your Syracuse submission package. Stories later in on what you do, and is committed to spending this issue give the breakdown of submission requirements. the dollars annually to continue this program as So what does that mean to you if you’re not submitting a package for the cornerstone experience for our best content providers and story tellers. Syracuse, but like telling good stories? Send them! We are always looking for content that tells America why I strongly encourage every MC Chief Petty Officer they need a Navy. Whether you have a photo montage, picture story, mul- to ensure that we are identifying our best Sailors early and ensuring they are mentored and encour- timedia piece or one of many other storytelling options, we may be able aged to compete for this program. Those who to use the material. The Navy blog is one of the best options for stories, graduate become the mentors of tomorrow and and if it’s video we’ll host it on YouTube. More times than not, we’ll also are critical to the future of our community. post to the Navy Facebook page. recently received a much needed refresh. But those aren’t the only platforms. If its subject is relevant for an Please let us know what you think. We continue AHU, and meets the time requirement, send to DMA and us. As an ex- to make improvements since the rollout and we continue to take your feedback. ample, DMA can use stories done in what historically has been consid- ered “feature” style: the non-narrative. That doesn’t mean they’ll want Thanks for all your continued efforts to tell the every one you send, but sending content to DMA and us only increases Navy’s story. the potential for your story to be seen by a wider audience. On the cover, top to bottom, left to right: MCC Hendrick Regardless, if you have questions please ask. You can reach the Simoes (MMM), MC2 Justin Stumberg (MPJ), MCC Ryan CHINFO social media team at If you would J. Courtade (MPJ), MC3 Nicholas Brown (MMM), MC3 Joshua Bennett (MMM), MC3 Daniel Young (MPJ), MC3 like to ask DMA about story ideas or content requirements, email them at Patrick Ratcliff (MPJ), MC3 Armando Gonzales (MMM) Christopher Madden LAYOUT/ART Navy Office of InformationDEPUTY DIRECTOR Paul Taylor Director Tim Mazurek Pentagon RM4B514 Contributors MC2 James Evans Washington, D.C. 20350-1200EDITORIAL Jeff Elliott Office: 703-614-9154 DSN: 224Editor Kristina Miller MC1 Andrew MeyersStaff Writers Oscar Sosa MCCM Priscilla Kirsh Download Insider at: Damon J. Moritz AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD
  3. 3. GOTB-ROLL? by Damon Moritz Here are the specifics for each type of package you need to submit: NATURAL SOUND: Basically a documentary-style story where the MC does not contribute editorial content (voice over). The interviewed subject tells the story. This will be both a video and audio intensive story. The applicant will need to include a great deal of isolated ambient audio (hammer bang- ing, sound of welding or needle gun, etc.) to enhance the story as told by the subject. This is primarily composed of uncontrolled activities, where the videographer controls less than 25% of the submitted footage. • Story should be very tight, well edited and contain clear, crisp audio (ambient, interview and natural sounds). • It should be compelling with a clear beginning, middle and end. • The subject should impart more than just a who, what, when and why- there should be some emotion and personal appeal. • Shoot good sequences and be sure to show a first person point of view. It can be as simple as a wide, medium and close up with a shot of the hands, face and over the subject’s shoulder as the action of the story is happening. VOICE OVER: A story put together based on a preconceived concept or idea that depicts any aspect of the military mission where a majority of the action being shot is controlled by the videographer. These are typically scripted or storyboarded before shooting. • This is a standard story. • Submit in AHU or AFRTS style with traditional voiceover. • Impress us with your ability to source a story. Don’t be traditional. Show a Sailor’s life –especially at sea. • PT, barbershop and the flight deck aren’t the only paces to find Sailor stories. • Work on your voice and diction. Use pillows or blankets to improve your acoustics if your audio is tinny. Practice your narration before committing.One of the truly fun things I get to do • Roll in with nat sound for a few seconds and then transition tois help, administratively, with the Ad- the narration.vanced Military Visual Journalism selec- • The ENTIRE story does not have to be narrated. PRIMECUT: This is a 3-5 minute package with no narration. It should con-tion board at CHINFO. I get to see a wide tain no less than 15 individual shots on a given subject. Each shot shouldvariety of work from all over the globe. be no less than 10 seconds. The video will contain a still photo-style caption in the slate at the tail of the video. This measures the applicant’sOccasionally I see a name I know, but ability to tell a story without words and to understand the needs of thefor the large part there are new names media when using Navy-produced video to augment their stories. • A good primecut package can almost be used as a standaloneand this keeps the process exciting. package to tell a story. • Place the most compelling footage of the event upfront and thenMY ROLE IS SIMPLE: I prepare the media and conference room for the build on that with a logical flow of other b-roll.board and am ready to help the board understand what we’re looking for • Shoot sequences. Too many submissions were full of mediumand how it relates to the task at hand – the selection board. All-in-all this shots. Demonstrate your ability to shoot wide, medium, close up,is a fun and stress-free role for a very important process that improves extreme close-up.Navy VI. • Ensure the spelling on your slate is correct and have a release That said, the submitted video packages have been veering away statement.from the show reel and feature story requirements over the last couple of • This should be the easiest package, but we often have difficultyselection boards. Let’s further define the submission guidelines. in this category. Simply put, a primecut package is your best Overall, packages need to be tighter and have more energy. We’re footage from a shoot. Edit tight, but leave some room forlooking to see that you have some skill now and would benefit the Navy another editor to use your shots with minor transition effects.with graduate level training in video-journalism. This is a board for a • Audio is considered here too!Navy school, so make sure your packages have a Navy tie, or at least a Seek out good mentoring and honest appraisals of your work. Takemilitary tie. criticism to heart, but not personally. Also, impress us with your video and audio-gathering skills! Use time It is absolutely okay to shoot for this application. You are making a ca-lapse, alternate views and intimate audio and light your video (or use reer decision by applying. If you are accepted – doors will open. Put somegood natural/ambient lighting.) time into your application and by all means, WOW the board. Instruction The Advanced Navy Visual Journalism Program requires use of the Catalog of Navy Training Courses (CANTRAC) located at - Nugget must have CAC to access the system. Search “Visual Journalism” to find the two courses. 703.614.9154 AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD 3
  4. 4. INSIDERPerspective Photos and story by MC2 James EvansBlue ShirtRides F/A18F I’m in an F/A-18F Super Hornet halfway down the 300-foot length of catapult No. 2 being launched off the deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). I’ve been on this ride for about one and a half seconds, which is just enough time for the thought to pop into my mind, “Dear God, how long can this go on?” Having been a flight deck photographer on four deployments aboard aircraft carriers, I know a cat shot only lasts about three seconds. But from here, it feels like an hour. While I’ve been lucky enough to fly in helicop- Also, before our flight Loringer had helped ters ever since attending the aircrew physiology me mount a Go-Pro camera in the cockpit, course four years ago, this would be the first, which was now capturing seriously cool video and probably the last time I would get to go up of his perspective. For the first pass, I mount a telephoto lens in a jet since I only have about a week before my For my part I try to play the best “Goose” to to my camera that allows me just enough room qualification expires. his Maverick* that I can (*mandatory Top Gun to fill the frame with the planes and give me lots As soon as we’re clear of the deck, the pilot, reference) by calling out anything he tells me to of detail on every jet. But as I look away from Lt. Michael “Squatch” Loringer asks me how I’m look for when I see it and letting him know what my viewfinder, I see that the ship is about to doing and I reply something along the lines of I’m shooting, when I’m changing lenses, and where pass considerably closer than I’d expected. I look “freakin’ amazing! Can I get my camera out now?” I would like to position the aircraft for a photo. back in my viewfinder. The formation has drifted Of course the answer is yes and it’s game on for Loringer is positioning us to refuel the other closer and now no longer fit in the frame. Damn, this photo nerd. First things first: a self-portrait. aircraft in our flight today. Our first customer ar- everything is going wrong at once. Without time I may not have a Facebook page, but dammit I’m rives and I keep my Nikon D700 on him, shooting to change lenses, I rattle off a few shots as the going to have the coolest Facebook photo ever. continuously and cursing the rain on the canopy ship passes well beneath the frame and the jets I have my work cut out for me today. The every time my focus slips. drift too close for the lens. canopy is streaked with the mud-infused mess After a few minutes, we get the call that the Frantically I begin switching lenses, knowing that qualifies as rain here in the Arabian Gulf. aircraft are ready to begin forming up for the I have one more pass to make it work. I slap on a Don’t worry, I tell myself, these shots will rock photo ex. The plan is to get shots of the four- medium lens and get back into shooting position. no matter what. plane echelon of Hornets and Super Hornets as We come back around and this time, with lots they pass over Vinson. Easier said than done. of extra focal length to work with, I give myself 4 AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD
  5. 5. F plenty of room to get the ship in, regardless of the detail on the jets. All right, this one’s going to work. We line up on Vinson and everything’s look- ing good … until the ship passes directly beneath our wing and those big external fuel tanks. My photo is of the formation, half the ship, and a big chunk of wing and fuel tank. Now I’m screwed. I confess to Loringer I still didn’t get the shot. We need to be farther away. He calls for one more pass and we get permission to try it again. It’s make or break. I zoom out much wider than I’d normally shoot so as not to cut anything and ask him to keep us farther out this time. We come around again and I’m sweating bullets. I don’t want to be the guy who gets to ride in a jet and then botches the job. They pass over with just enough space for the photo to look decent and I shoot like a madman. The image review displays the images on my camera and I breathe a big sigh of relief. As my own worst critic, I can tell you a million ways the shot could have been better if only this and if only that, but I’m satisfied just knowing I got the shot. It’s now time for this arrested recovery I’ve been hearing about. Loringer brings the aircraft around quickly. I feel blood rush down from my head and then the g-suit squeezing my legs as I tense my calf same thing about my photos. Having had rougher and thigh muscles to keep my blood from pooling. landings in commercial airliners on long runways, Loringer told me that this would be about three I conclude that we’re both our own worst critics. Gs. Right now I weigh 600 pounds. Cool. I thank him for a great flight, something I will I’ve recovered in Carrier Onboard Delivery continue to do at our every meeting. It was the (COD) aircraft before, but this time I’m facing ride of a lifetime and the fulfillment of something forward and the sensation is of harnesses I’ve been dreaming of doing since I was a little gripping very hard against my shoulders and my kid going to air shows and watching “Top Gun” knees smacking into the console. Still, compared and “Iron Eagle” movies. And my co-workers in to the launch, it was a breeze. the Media Center can confirm that three deploy- As we taxi away from the landing area, I ask ment Groundhog Days later, I’m still grinning like Loringer what wire we caught and he says he an idiot. thinks it was No. 3 (the desired one), which a landing signal officer later confirms. He tells his Evans is a 2010 graduate of the Military Photojournalism pro- landing could have been better and I think the gram at Syracuse and is currently assigned to NPASE West. 703.614.9154 AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD 5
  6. 6. OUTTAKES by Jeff ElliottPhoto by MC2 Todd Frantom What’s In a Portfolio? I get asked that question all the time from photographers who want to be photojournalists and those who are applying for the advanced visual journalism program. And my answer is always the same: Take a look at the portfolio require- ments for the Military Photographer of the Year competition ( aspx?cat=0&start=0&finish=0&EntryId=0). The categories and the types of images that fit in those categories should be hard-wired into the brain of a working photojournalist. But knowing and understanding categories is just part of it. An important aspect of photojournalism for the prospective photojournalist to remember is that photojournalism is the art of storytelling with images and people are most interested in stories about other people. One of the main faults found in the portfolio of a Sailor not selected forPhoto by MC1 Chad Runge the program is that it is filled with images of equipment and hardware. Far too often the selection board endures portfolio after portfolio peppered with F/A-18s launching off a flight deck, an Arleigh Burke destroyer sailing into the sunset or an LCAC entering a well deck. No matter how technically-correct the image may be, if there is no human element, it is likely the image may not resonate with the audience. People should be central to all imagery in the portfolio with the lone exception being the Pictorial category. But word of caution, if the portfolio is filled with Pictorials and nothing else, it will be rejected upon receipt. That is why the portfolio requirement for applying to the program is so specific; every portfolio must have at least one Picture Story and two Portrait Per- 6 AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD
  7. 7. Photo by MCC Michael B. WatkinsPhoto by MC1 Brien Aho sonalities. In addition to the required images, a Make use of wide angle and telephoto lenses. To A Portrait Personality is a single photo- well-rounded portfolio would include images from increase reader interest and attention, use close- graph that captures a unique aspect of a local the News, Feature and Sports categories. ups, establishing shots and medium shots. figure’s character and personality. This should Before I address the categories, there is Two final thoughts on the picture story: first, not be a public figure that is regularly covered another aspect of a portfolio the selection board avoid the temptation to use a lot of images. It’s in the news, but rather a local heroine, hero, evaluates and that is the diversity exhibited in far better to use five images than ten. The fewer or community member. These types of images the imagery. Has the photographer provided the photos in the layout, the larger all of them are usually shot on location, not in a studio, and imagery from a wide range of events and under can be displayed. Second, while the subject of a places the individual within his or her working varying conditions, whether lighting, weather or picture story can certainly be of an event, the environment. other phenomena? The ability of a photographer most successful stories that capture the reader’s A Feature picture is a photograph of a to capture impactful imagery across all types of (and board’s) interest are the stories about a ‘found situation’ that features strong human events and conditions highlights the potential of single individual. interest elements, or a fresh view of an every- the photographer’s ability to succeed in photo- A News image captures a moment during day scene. A picture that uses humor or focuses journalism. organized events such as general meetings and on the lighter side of life is well suited for this Let’s take a look at the categories. Of all staged coverage opportunities such as a change category. the categories, the picture story is the most of command. As these types of events are often A Sports image is a peak action picture significant. The picture story is an immediate dull or routine, the best News image is one in that captures the spirit of a sports competition— indicator as to the photographer’s ability to tell which the photographer has exhibited great cre- either on the part of an individual or an athletic a story with images. There must be a dominant ativity and timing. A News image may also be of team. The key point of a Sports photograph is photo that immediately grabs attention and draws a breaking news event during which the photog- capturing the action during an event. An image the reader to the story. All other photos must rapher must react on instinct and news judgment. of two people shaking hands on the field isn’t nec- support the story and communicate but tell a dif- Example Image: essarily a Sports picture (unless it’s a Yankees ferent part of the story from another perspective. milphog/WinnerPreview.aspx?EntryId=27483&fi fan shaking hands with a Red Sox fan and in that lename=27483_110527-N-OA833-014.jpg. case, it should be considered a News photo!) 703.614.9154 AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD 7
  8. 8. University Program ProvidesNavy Storytellers Elite Skills Sailors holding Mass Communications Specialist rating can attend two semesters of journalism study at Syracuse University Story and photographs by MC1 (SW/AW) Andrew Meyers SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Every year, a select few mass communication specialists hit what many describe as a training and education jackpot. These Sailors are hand-selected through a competitive application process to attend elite programs at Syracuse University known as the Military Photojournalism (MPJ) and Military Motion Media (MMM) programs. The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications houses MC’s with a desire to attend the programs will need command and administers the MPJ and MMM programs on the Syracuse support.  University campus. The programs are PCS moves and last 10 “Your command can help you get to this program. If you work months. They feature curriculums combining 30 semester hours of hard, you can become a selectee to the Syracuse program. There both under-graduate and graduate-level coursework. The pace of is so much talent out there in the fleet these days. I believe any study and tough academic standards are often difficult adjust- one of them could be in my position,” Stumberg said. ments for Sailors to make but for MC’s who complete the training, Students study advanced concepts and techniques in the vi- the newly-acquired skills can last a lifetime and open doors to sual communications industry as well as the time-tested concepts new career opportunities both in and out of uniform. of the written word. Students learn how to combine the two disci- “I feel extremely lucky and humbled to have had the opportuni- plines so they can report to their new command with the tools to ty to attend the Syracuse program,” said MC2 Justin Stumberg, a more effectively tell the most important stories. 2012 student attending the MPJ program. “All of the mentors I’ve “I’m definitely a more focused storyteller than I was before had went to Syracuse at some time in their career and to share coming here.” Stumberg said. “I approach stories with a lot more that experience is amazing. I remember guys like Todd Frantom research, preparation and focus than before.” talking about how intense the workload was, but also how reward- MC3 Nicholas Brown came from a military family and joined ing it could be. Back then, I could only imagine what he was talk- the Navy to serve as an MC after a 10-year career in the civilian ing about. Now I truly can relate,” Stumberg said of his experience. sector. Brown left entry-level MC training at the Defense Informa-8 AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD
  9. 9. tion School (DINFOS) at Ft. Meade, Md., and was don’t get, so I want to share that experience. I assigned directly to the Syracuse program; the want to spread the wealth.” first Sailor to follow such a career training path. Stumberg and Brown are now part of the “I am one of the most trained [rookie] MC’s in Navy’s legacy of Syracuse-trained storytellers the Navy,” Brown said of his unique training path. dating back to 1963, when the MPJ program “I want to go out and make sure I can tell a com- was first offered to Sailors; the MMM program pelling story. I also want to help other people to appeared in 1992. be better. I got a lot of training that other people “The military student is plugging into a tradi- tion that started here in 1963 under the director MC2 Nicholas Brown and MC2 Justin Stumberg finish their last assignment for the MPJ class 2012 before they graduate from the program. MC2 Brown Fred Demarest,” said Tony Golden, Co-director, works on a multimedia project on an organic coffee house in Syracuse, N.Y. Military Visual Journalism programs at Syracuse called Recess and MC2 Brown covered a story with the Liverpool Volunteer University. “That is 50 years of Military photo- Fire Department in Liverpool, N.Y. The two stories are defining the theme the class chose to work on; “Working 2012”. journalism here at the Newhouse school.” Navy students previously studied alongside classmates from the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. However, DoD cut the funding for it and it is now a Navy-only program. CHINFO puts a high priority on the benefits of sending Sailors through this program, so pursued getting the funding for it. “We are grateful for the Navy for keeping this program,” Golden said. “Having the military presence in our school, in particular this depart- ment, is something we value very very much. We heard the program was being taken away, but the Navy saw the value in it. We saw that as a huge endorsement for what we do,” Golden added. Stumberg said his experience at Syracuse has pushed him to look at his story-telling duties in a new light ... a more intense light. “One of the main things I will take away from the SU experience is that there are usually deeper stories to be told than the one you initially want to tell or that you believe is there. It’s your job to look beyond the obvious and really tell the story,” Stumberg said. MC1 (SW/AW) Andrew Meyers attended the Syracuse MPJ program in 2000 and is currently stationed at Defense Media Activity, Ft. Meade, Md.703.614.9154 AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD 9
  10. 10. [NAVY Style GuideDependent: Do not use when referring ][ Schedule of Events NPASE COURSES: ][In the Loupe] continues to get a facelift, and we continue to refine that update withto family of military personnel. Use terms NPASE West your feedback. Concurrently we are work-such as “family members,” “wife,” “hus- ing on an official Navy App to complementband,” “spouse,” “parent,” “child,” etc. ES Video Course 13 - 24 Aug 2012 that effort. ES Editor’s Course 10 - 21 Sep 2012Exercises: Use full title on first refer- Quota questions for West? Call (619) 545-1180 If anyone has ever researched the app process you quickly realize that the scopeence: Exercise Kernal Potlatch ‘02, NPASE East can be anywhere between a $20 a monthOperation Imminent Thunder. On ES Video Course Dec 3-14 RSS feed to a $500,000 investment thatsecond reference use Kernal Potlatch 2013 SCHEDULE requires considerable backend support.or Imminent Thunder. NOTE: If exercise ES Editor’s Course Jan 28 - Feb 8 We are trying to find the right balance, sois abbreviated, follow the rules under ES Photography Course a world class app befitting our Navy isthe entry “abbreviations and acronyms.” Feb 19 - March 1 produced with reasonable investment inExample: RIMPAC ‘02.  both cost and manpower to sustain it. NPASE East (held at Det Naples) We are looking at developing an app thather, she: Appropriate pronoun when July 30-Aug 4 provides some customization for the user.referring to a ship. Do not use this pro- Quota questions for East? Call (757) 444-7548 Here is an outline of some of the ideasnoun with reference to a nation except in already on the table:quoted material. Use “it” instead. While these courses are two weeks and At a minimum make it iPhone, are in set locations, NPASE is dedicated to iPad and Android Compliantleatherneck: Lowercase this nickname providing training to the MC community and Aggregate RSS Content from Navy.for a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. will work with commands not in the fleet mil; Pictures, Video, Stories concentration areas who are interested inMaster Chief Petty Officer of the bringing the training to their location. They Provide breaking news push alertsNavy: MCPON is acceptable on first ref- have also shortened versions of the courses, Provide personalization tools to put theerence. Lowercase when referenced after specifically designed for Reserve Component user in charge of the content they de-an individual’s name or when used alone. Sailors. Call NPASE East for questions on them. sire: GPS Alerts [Weather, Local News] Develop 21st Century Sailor and Marine (Tools): Deployment Planning, Navy Her- itage, Diet and Fitness, Transition Assis- LINKS to KNOW tance, Safety Tips, Family Services, etc. Navy Social Media Properties Key Navy Instructions and Poli- cies – i.e. Uniform Regulations, S.I. Newshouse School Evals/FITNESS Reports. Official page for the school, with overview of program NAVADMIN Alerts Program/Overview/overview.cfm# Develop an All Hands Owners + Operators [Integrate today’s O&O MPJ 2009 gallery content as a major feature within App] Great collection of imagery from the 2009 class at Syracuse Calendar of Navy Events – Customizable to user’s AOR Some Possible Special Interactive MPJ Connection Feature Options: Video and photo examples from and for our community Navy Clock Ribbons and Awards Tracker Personal Portfolio- Joe McNally Inspiring photos, to help when thinking about your portfolio. Marlinespike and Knots Navigation Basics Flag and Ceremonies Protocol What do you want in an app? Photo by MC3 Paul Kelly We need to hear from you soon. Please send your ideas to and put “Navy App Ideas” in the subject line. All references to commercially available sites and services are provided for Be creative. Bad ideas are the ones not informational purposes only, without Department of the Navy endorsement. shared. 10 AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD
  11. 11. The Inside Scoop MCCM(SW/AW) Priscilla Kirsh W ithout a doubt, one of the highlights of my three- year tour at CHINFO had been the opportunity to be a member of the board that selects the Sailors who will attend the Advanced Military Visual Journalism (Syracuse) program. I’ve been a judge for the last three boards, and the talent I see in our community is nothing short of incredible. There are some things I’ve seen on the boards that I’d like to share with you. Whether you’re a supervisor helping a Sailor put together their package or a Sailor with a desire to attend this elite program, consider this your inside scoop. First and most importantly, I can’t stress enough the importance of having a men- tor*. When the photos or videos come up on the big screen during the selection process, we know right away whether or not you had a mentor. This may seem like a small thing to you, but take my word for it: seeking out a Syracuse graduate as a mentor will be well worth your time. The sooner in your career you can seek the guidance of a Syracuse graduate, the better off you’ll be as you hone your skills as an MC and build your portfolio. Second, use your imagination! While the format outlined in the CANTRAC is very important, the content and how you use it to tell your story is critical. Every year I see submissions that don’t have a logical flow. Likely, too much time was spent on the format and not enough emphasis was spent on the content. Lastly, take a step back and look at your imagery or footage with the critical eye of an outsider. Does it compel you to want to know more? Does the placement of your photos flow naturally and tell a story? Does your video leave me hungry to know more about what you just told me? If you can answer yes to these questions, then you’ve probably done a pretty good job of communicating your story. I wish you all the best of luck as you go forward and hone your skills as a Mass Communication Specialist. Whether Syracuse is something you aspire to or not, your talents in telling our story through video, photo and words are in very high demand no matter where you serve. *If you would like a mentor but need help contacting one, email Mr. Jeff Elliott at Jeff.elliott@navy.mil703.614.9154 AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD 11
  12. 12. Photo by MC1 (SW/AW) Andrew MeyersChecklist for the ANVJ Program PREREQUISITES Motion Media Course (CIN: S-400-2014) • E7 with less than 15 years service, E-6 with less than 12 � Produce a showreel, no longer than 9 minutes, years service, and E-5 who are career designated with less with the following items: than 10 years service. Time in service will be computed from � A two-minute voice over package. 1 August of the year enrolled. � A two-minute natural sound package. • Two years on station at current command. � A 3-5 minute primecut package. • 8147 NEC not required for PhoJo course � 500 word feature story supporting the voice • Not eligible if you have been in ANVJ previously and have over package, written in feature style and typed double NEC for other course space. • Must be an MC * The certification statement can be included in a commanding officer’s en- PACKAGES dorsement letter that accompanies the NAVPERS 1306/7. This letter should also address any waiver requests and why the board should consider the ap- plicant despite not meeting all prerequisites. Due to the high quality of the work Items required in both: that is submitted by applicants, a commanding officer’s endorsement (or lack � Recommendation by commanding officer thereof) can be a factor in an applicant being selected for this program. � Obligation of 3 years beyond graduation date � An officer must certify the submission as the applicant’s original work.* One of the common questions (and misperceptions) about this � Personnel Action Request (NAVPERS 1306/7) with CO’s program is about where Syracuse grads go. There are options, endorsement (Waivers must be requested by applicant though certainly it’s always a matter of timing and needs. and endorsed by commanding officer). Here is the comprehensive list: � Copies of performance evaluations for the past three years Multiple billets COMCAM Photojournalism Course (CIN: S-400-2013) NPASE � Produce a portfolio consisting of 12 recent photographs DMA which includes a three panel photo story layout (which Stars & Stripes counts as one of the required 12 photographs) Single billet � 500 word feature story supporting the photo story layout, SECNAV written in feature style and typed double space. CNO Commander, Navy Recruiting Command Defense Intelligence Agency Defense Information School12 AMERICA’S NAVY: A GLOBAL FORCE FOR GOOD